Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Session F

F1 Workforce Retention: Saving the Canary in the Coal Mine

Presenter: Alistair Deakin, CEO, SigBee, Inc

In the post-pandemic “Great Resignation” environment, the burden to build resilience and avoid burnout is placed on the already overwhelmed and overworked employee. Just as the proverbial canary cannot be responsible for fixing the toxic elements of the coal mine, employees cannot fix organizational obstacles to workplace happiness. This workshop will show how by creating actionable data, organizations who check-in routinely can build a robust framework to engage and retain talent.  

F2 Balancing ACEs with HOPEs (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) Framework

Presenter: Tameka Caldwell Family Support Project Coordinator, Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services

This training will offer those working with children and families practical guidance in implementing a strengths-based approach that identifies, celebrates, and promotes access to key Positive Childhood Experiences. The workshop will cover the research behind Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) and their mitigating effects on ACEs, the Four Building Blocks of HOPE, and the power of the brain to heal.  The session will also introduce some ideas of how to incorporate the HOPE Framework into practice. 

F3 The Ethics of Value-Based Supervision

Presenter: Brenda Keller, Director of Clinical Practice Initiatives, Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services

This workshop provides an ethical value-based approach to supervision. Supervisors will gain effective and practical engagement skills and learn concrete supervision tools. The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project’s (TXPOP) supervision framework was developed for use in the field of child welfare but is easily adapted for use in any supervision setting. One of the strengths of this approach is that it is highly flexible. It can be used as a stand-alone approach or integrated into existing models and approaches that might already exist in an agency or practice. A parallel exists between the experience of supervisees with clients and supervisees with the supervisor. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own supervision experiences and reflect on how those experiences have shaped their practice. This interactive workshop uses multiple case examples to demonstrate how the framework can be applied.

F4 Beyond Background Checks: Assessing for Risk

Presenter: Laura Hardin Aceves, LMSW, Senior Risk Consultant, Praesidium

Screening and selection is the first line of defense for protecting clients and your organization from abuse. Many organizations rely heavily on background checks, but there is a wealth of information to leverage from other critical components of the screening and selection process when assessing abuse risk in employees, volunteers, and foster parents. Praesidium will discuss abuse prevention best practices that assess abuse risk during the application, interview, and reference check process. Come learn how to enhance your organization’s current screening practices beyond background checks. 

F5 Bridging the Gap Between Child Welfare and Sexual Health Education: Building Connections to Improve Optimal Health Outcomes of Youth in Care

Presenters: Dr. Karen Rayne, Executive Director, UN|HUSHED; and Andrea Requenes, Statewide Training Coordinator, Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services

Current approaches to improving health outcomes among youth in foster care have fallen short: Youth in care experience disproportionate rates of abusive relationships, teen pregnancy, and STIs. The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative (TFYHI) works to develop trauma-informed interventions centered on the experiences of youth, caregivers, and child welfare professionals. TFYHI has built a statewide innovation network that brings together these stakeholder groups for intervention design and testing. We will share the lessons learned thus far as it relates to feedback from those with lived experience, curriculum development, and the need for organizations to develop and implement policies to support optimal health for youth in care.

F6 Readying Texas for FFPSA: Ideas, Lessons and Opportunities

Presenters: David Collins, Chief Program Officer, The Children's Village; Jillian Bonacquisti, Director of Placement Services, Child Protective Services, and Sasha Rasco, Chief Prevention and Community Well-Being Officer, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; and Jennifer Flowers, founder and CEO of Accreditation Guru, Inc.,

The nation is four years out from the passage of the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).  Texas, like many other states, is forging its own path toward implementation.  With child welfare rapidly shifting in Texas, how can providers address the current needs, manage the unknown and look toward the future.  Join this panel of experts who will share lessons learned from other states and organizations, ideas for how you can ready your organization to become an FFPSA compliant provider, and what current opportunities is Texas offering as part of our own FFPSA implementation.

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